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04.10.2017

"Should we be free to hate?" – ECPMF’s young writer competition '1000 words for freedom'

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is proud to announce this year’s competition for young writers. We ask you, young people under the age of 27, to write up to 1,000 words on the question: Should we be free to hate?

Darh Vader

Darth Vader is a hater. For sureHate is where his strength and power comes from. His symbol is the death star. 

Okay, it‘s fiction. Classic science fiction, actually.

In our world, the real world, most of the haters can be found in social mediaThere they hide behind a mask of anonymity. However more and more often they reveal themselves. Because they feel safe, because they think they have the right to say what they want to say.

Hate speech can be disturbing, embarrassing, frightening, destructive. So shouldn’t we just try to elimate it? By law? Or would that mean to eliminate also the freedom of expression? Isn’t it okay to express all our feelings? Should we be free to hate?

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is proud to announce this year’s competition for young writers. We ask you, young people under the age of 27, to write up to 1,000 words on exactly this question: Should we be free to hate? 

Your contribution may take the form of an essay, a newspaper or magazine article, poem, play or blog post in any of these languages: English, German, French, Spanish or Russian.

A multilingual jury of ECPMF Board Members, Consortium Partners and the Leipzig team will select a shortlist in each category. Those will be translated into ECPMF’s official languages of English and German. Board Members will take the final decision. All the jury members are professional journalists with international reputations.

Categories:

Youth: young people between 12 and 17

Prize: a one-year subscribtion to a newspaper of your choice in your home country.

Newcomers: young people aged 18 to 27

Prize: an invitation to ECPMF’s next international conference with free travel and accommodation.

The contest is open for entries from 5th October 2017 to 31st December 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will each receive a certificate of commendation and detailed feedback on their work from our professional judges. We shall announce the winners in each category on World Press Freedom Day 3rd May 2018.

Rules:

1 – The contest is open to anyone who is not connected through family, employment or social links to any member of the ECPMF Boards, Consortium Partners or Leipzig team members.
 
2 – Each entry must be entirely the young writer’s own original,previously unpublished work. The ECPMF reserves the right to use anti-plagiarism detection techniques to check this.  ’Published’ means revealed to a general audience, for examplea blog post. It does not include written work that has been submitted as part of an educational programme, such as a school essay or university thesis.
 
3 – The Jury’s decision is final.

Please send your entry to: info@ecpmf.eu 

 





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